Alabama state lawmaker, who issued an invitation during the birthday celebration to General Nathan Bedford of the Forrest Confederation, who was the first great wizard of the Ku Klux Clan, has resigned from the church where the pastor is located, officials said Thursday.
According to Meltton, a leading strategist for the church association’s mission, Prattvili’s spokesman Will Dismukes left the pleasant hill at the Baptist Church, where the newsletter pastor was.
Dismukes told Facebook on Thursday that he resigned “not at the request of the church, but by choice” because he did not want Pleasant Hill to vote out of the scholarship, NBC branch WSFA said. The post did not appear on the Dismukes page on Thursday night.
Dismukes did not respond to requests for comments.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Dismukes criticized his performance at the annual Fort Dixie event at Selma’s private home on Saturday.
“He had a great time in Fort Dick talking and inviting Nathan Bedford Forrest’s annual birthday party,” he wrote on a Facebook post that was later removed, the WFSA reports. “Always a great time and sure, good enough to eat !!”
The appearance of the Dismukes took place the day before the civil rights icon rep. John Lewis was moved across Selma’s Edmund Petti Bridge, where he was almost killed 55 years ago during a voting rights march.
On Monday, Alabama Republican chairman Terry Lathan called Dismukes’ actions “very offensive.”
“It is one thing to honor our southern heritage, but it is quite another to specifically commemorate the leader of an organization that is the undisputed leader of indescribable actions and atrocities against African Americans,” the report said.
“There was a full honor on display in Alabama today as we sincerely honored the life of Congressman John Lewis this weekend,” Lathan added. “This is Alabama, which we are proud of – showing the nation and the world that we are united in the common goals of equality for all our citizens.”
In an interview with the WFSA on Monday, Dismukes blames a negative reaction to “pre-lunch sentiment”.
“It wasn’t a shot in the past of spokesman John Lewis,” Dismukes said. “I mean, I didn’t even go through my head, I literally just reflected on the events of the previous day, and I took a completely different view that I didn’t see exactly what was coming and I took responsibility for it.”
He told the station he did not intend to resign from the state legislature.